After letting Pat Murphy know he would not be getting the job, the search began for a new manager of the San Diego Padres. Sources are telling us who is being interviewed for the position, so let’s take a closer look.
It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager with Dave Roberts!
Roberts, born in Okinawa, Japan into a Marine Corps family, attended Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers out of UCLA in the 28th round of the 1994 draft. In 1998 he was traded, along with Tim Worrell, to the Cleveland Indians. Roberts made his Major League debut on August 7, 1999.
In December of 2001, Roberts was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a couple of minor leaguers. Two and a half years later, the Boston Red Sox acquired him for a minor leaguer. Roberts was instrumental in helping to secure the Red Sox’ first World Series title in 86 years after “The Steal” against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox were facing elimination in the bottom of the ninth inning, down 4 runs to 3. Kevin Millar drew a walk from Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Roberts, who had not played in ten days, came in to pinch run with Bill Mueller now at the plate. Roberts stole second base, just beating the throw from Yankee catcher Jorge Posada. Mueller followed with a single, Roberts scored, and the Sox went on to win in twelve innings and begin their run of eight straight wins.
The Padres traded for Roberts in December of 2004. He played center field for the Padres until they acquired Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron from the New York Mets before the 2006 season. Roberts then moved to left field.
In December of 2006, Roberts signed with the San Francisco Giants as a free agent. Roberts’ career with the Giants got off to a slow start because of injury. On April 10, 2009 Roberts was released by the Giants. On April 12, 2009, Roberts retired.
Roberts then joined NESN in 2009 as a studio analyst and color commentator for Red Sox’ games. He then moved back to San Diego in 2010 to join the Padres’ front office as a special assistant to the general manager.
In October of 2010, Roberts returned to the field as the Padres first base coach, replacing Rick Renteria, who had been named the bench coach. In 2014, Renteria was named the Chicago Cubs manager, and Roberts replaced him yet again, this time as bench coach.
When Bud Black was let go in the middle of this season, Roberts took over managing duties for one game as interim manager Pat Murphy was traveling to San Diego.